Our criminal lawyers in Provo help Utah Valley residents get criminal charges dropped or mitigated
Whether you are charged with a crime or being investigated, Fillmore Spencer LLC should be the first call you make. Our criminal lawyers in Provo, who include former federal and military prosecutors, help you understand the ramifications of the charges brought and your options. We analyze police reports, witness statements and evidence and scrutinize the prosecution’s assumptions to identify grounds for a dismissal, acquittal or reduction in charges and sentencing.
Fillmore Spencer LLC and our criminal lawyers in Provo defend you against all manner of allegations, including:
Evidence and circumstances are not the only determinants of the severity of the criminal charges authorities may bring against you and the sentence you could receive. Other factors are considered: Have you been convicted of a prior offense? Have you been convicted of the currently charged offense previously? Was violence involved, or a gun brandished, in the crime’s commission? Was someone hurt, maimed or killed? Was there an accomplice? For most crimes, it all matters. Utah has a three-strikes rule for violent crime — if your third conviction for a violent crime is a first-degree felony, you will not be eligible for parole; if it is third- or second-degree felony, it will be treated as a first-degree felony, but with parole possible. For other crimes, repeat convictions can ratchet up the charge from a misdemeanor to a felony. Examples include a charge of DUI, where two prior convictions for misdemeanors promise the third such incident will be charged as a felony, and petit larceny, where a third conviction for theft of $1,500–$4,999 in a 10-year period will be bumped up to a third-degree felony, carrying heavier potential sentences and fines.
If you have been arrested, you should refrain from answering police questions. If you are in custody, call Fillmore Spencer LLC and we will help you with your release, via bail, reduced bail or personal recognizance. Our attorneys have had many criminal jury trials and are prepared to go the distance to defend you and clear your name.
If a trial is not in your best interests, we may seek to get charges dropped or reduced — reduced charges usually mean a reduced sentence and fines. In sentencing, we seek probation whenever possible. For certain nonviolent crimes by first-time offenders, we may seek pretrial diversion, in which you offer a guilty plea, for which the court defers final judgment until you complete a probation-like program.
If a conviction is unavoidable, it may be eligible for expungement. However, you must wait a period of time after you complete your sentencing before you may request expungement. Fillmore Spencer LLC determines if you meet complex expungement law requirements, then files your petition and serves your petition and certificate of eligibility on the office of the prosecutor who handled your case.
Criminal convictions can compromise your future. Because sentence deferrals and probation are not guaranteed, and expungements take several years to effect, you can spare yourself further grief by hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. Call Fillmore Spencer LLC at (801) 851-1266 or contact us online for a free initial consultation.